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Everything posted by p1ng74

  1. It seems like that was a very defining era for the English language. John Heywood appears to be a source of many expressions still in common use today.
  2. I agree, English seems to have been relatively stable over the years, especially when compared with Chinese. I have seen "would've" used in writing to reflect elision. To me, "would of" just looks like the writer used the wrong word.
  3. It is much easier to hem pants that are too long than extend ones that are too short. Women seem to have better habits and expectations in hemming pants after they buy them, so it makes sense to offer them on the long side at the store. This also provides opportunity to adjust length based on footwear. It seems that this is not the case in men's fashion, which may explain why I can never find pants that are long enough...
  4. That's fair. But there seems to be an abundance of variations in English associated with southern drawl that extend beyond just pronunciation. Another example that comes to mind is the word fixin', used to mean "getting ready" as opposed to repair.
  5. p1ng74

    A Lack of Heels

    And then we wonder why it seems people have become so rude and inconsiderate of each other in public over the years. It may sound silly to many people now, but I believe that if people were more mindful of how they presented themselves in their attire in public, it would have a positive effect on the way people interacted with each other.
  6. But with heels, I am 4" closer to the stars, which is 4" closer than I would ever be on a space ship that never takes off :p
  7. Some of the degradation is just sloppiness, and it is worth resisting. Sloppiness is the default human tendency, and this applies to many things like language and fashion. It's sloppy not to be thinking about their/they're/there when using it. When I see sloppiness, I like to find subtle ways of drawing attention to it. We can all use help in staying attentive and mindful of what we are doing every day, whether it be in language or the shoes we are wearing! What about words like "y'all", which has a strong association with southern drawl but allows for an expression of the plural second person that is not official in the language?
  8. p1ng74

    A Lack of Heels

    Right, I think there is still a strong association with heels and dressing up, which is why people continue buying them and wearing them at weddings and Christmas dinner parties. The problem is that people have stopped dressing up for regular occasions like work and church so they stay hidden in the closet.
  9. It is not a lost cause. There is another good one that often accompanies the second mistake. I was talking to a fellow parent whose patience for public schools ran out when his son’s high school English teacher introduced herself in a conference and used the phrase “I would have went” in reference to a better college. When the principal came to the teacher’s defense, he ended the conference and pulled his son out of the school. I agree, perhaps things would be better if she would have gone to a better college.
  10. Down here, a Yankee is what we call someone from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, usually in an unbecoming context lol. Regarding the Oxford comma, I was taught to always use it, and it makes sense in my head as a way to offset the potentially confusing practice of using a conjunction on the final item of a serial list.
  11. p1ng74

    Cali World

    Can you share where and what brand you have found for this? Sounds interesting.
  12. Nice - The Woodlands is where I first started wearing heels. I’ve been into Chuy’s off of I-45 and I’ve bought a pair of heels at that Nordstrom Rack up North before. I also had a habit of walking through The Woodlands Mall once a week. There is a friendly shoe salesman working women’s shoes in Dillard’s that I eventually bought a pair of boots from. Saks Off Fifth at the Premium Outlets at 290 and Grand Parkway is also a nice place for larger shoe sizes.
  13. p1ng74

    Cali World

    I’ve heard that comment a lot. I always respond with “Do it! It feels great!”
  14. A coworker of mine that lives in Minneapolis calls this "responsible fashion".
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